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The main aim of the CTO Foundation is to provide opportunities for Caribbean nationals to pursue studies in the areas of tourism, hospitality and language training. The Foundation selects individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership both within and outside the classroom and who express a strong interest in making a positive contribution to Caribbean tourism.
The Foundation aims to support persons interested in pursuing studies in the area of tourism, hospitality and language training, who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and leadership, and who express a strong interest in making a contribution to Caribbean tourism.
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A New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation named The Caribbean Tourism Organization Foundation (hereinafter The Foundation) has been established with its principal office at 80 Broad Street, New York, New York.
Purpose: The Foundation is formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Its mission is to develop a cadre of highly skilled tourism professionals in the Caribbean in pursuit of excellence in Caribbean tourism through scholarships, study grants and other educational assistance to Caribbean nationals of academic/career merit and financial need who demonstrate leadership qualities and are committed to the Region’s development through sustainable tourism.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization Foundation was established in 1997 as a not-for-profit corporation, registered in New York State, in the United States of America, and formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, originally chaired by Dr. Karl Rodney of Carib News in New York, the Foundation’s first set of scholarships and study grants were awarded in 1998.
The first recipient of a scholarship was Ms. Acolla Lewis from Trinidad & Tobago, who successfully completed a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom and who was invited by Buckinghamshire College in the U.K. to pursue a doctorate in Tourism Education immediately after completing her Masters programme.
“I successfully completed my MSc. in Hospitality and Tourism Education at the University of Surrey, England. The opportunity to pursue further studies in tourism increased my knowledge of the subject area, as well as broadened my horizons. It has truly been a maturing and fulfilling experience and I sincerely thank the Foundation for giving me this great opportunity.”
Dr. Acolla Lewis, Lecturer, UWI, Trinidad & Tobago
Since 1998 the CTO Foundation has provided 88 major scholarships and 137 study grants to deserving Caribbean nationals, amounting to approximately US$858,618.00. Over the years, major Foundation sponsors have included American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, Royal Caribbean International, TravelAgent, LIAT, Architectural Digest, CTO chapters worldwide and numerous allied members.